Apprentice star goes back to his Fareham school to support charity

Apprentice winner Ricky Martin, centre, with students from Crofton School
Apprentice winner Ricky Martin, centre, with students from Crofton School

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Students from Crofton School, in Fareham had a special visit for a former pupil to talk about Jeans for Genes Day.

Winner of the BBC’s Apprentice, Ricky Martin visited his old school to praise its fundraising efforts for the charity over the last 20 years.

The Jeans for Genes Day raises money for children and families who are affected by genetic disorders.

As a supporter of the charity, Mr Martin visited his old stomping ground to host an assembly to teach children about the importance of genes and genetics.

His knowledge of science and the business industry was shared with the pupils at Crofton School, exploring the importance of genetics and the exceptional work that Jeans for Genes Day carries out.

Mr Martin said: ‘It’s so important that we raise awareness and educate children about genetic disorders.

‘This is vital in helping to make them more empathetic towards the difficulties that other children around them face.

‘It was a pleasure speaking to students about the amazing work Jeans for Genes do and to encourage and help those who also share my passion for science.’

During the visit students studying science and business also had the chance to quiz the Apprentice winner on their future careers in the industry.

The celebrity entrepreneur wanted to see what his old school has been doing to support this charity and was impressed with what he saw.

‘I hope that my visit managed to inspire any budding scientists to pursue a career in genes and genetics,’ he added.

‘ I just hope that one day we can build a better future for those suffering from genetic disorders.’

Jeans for Genes day is now celebrating its 20th anniversary and is encouraging more celebrity supporters to don their denims and do something brave and memorable.

Stuart Barnes from Crofton school said: ‘Ricky’s account of his journey since leaving Crofton School was truly inspirational and his visit is very timely to the young people at the start of their GCSE studies.’